Victory in the Twitchathon

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 17:52
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We all buy our 4X4's for different reasons.
We bought our second to pursue our love of Bird Watching.

I don't know how many bird watchers there are on this forum
I don't remember many threads about it : )
but I would guess all of you would remember
your first view of a flock of real budgies against an outback sky
or brolgas dancing against a sunset.
Some of us just like to repeat this experience
as often as we can.

Last weekend we took part in the NSW Twitchathon.
It's a fund raising effort for Birds Australia,
Australias peak ornithological body, with all money raised
going to a conservation project along the Murry Darling River.
Teams compete to see (or twitch) as many different species
as they can see in a 24 hour period.

There are two "races". The main race, where they drive through the night,
eat on the run etc. The team that won this scored an impressive 221 species.
We competed in the more civilised and sedate "Champagne Race",
where you must take time off for meals, sleep , champagne etc.

And we won! Well, first equal with a credible 140 species.
Our route over the 24 hours was The Hawkesbury Area - Blue Mountains - Lithgow - Capertee Valley. ( We were in the middle of the incredible hail storm on Saturday afternoon).

Sorry if the post is a little off topic -
but we are excited.

Now the hard job of collecting the money from sponsors
who promised us a $ amount per bird species seen!

Hey, it's not too late to sponsor us for a set amount,
all tax deductable, money goes directly to a great project.
Send me a note and I'll provide an address to send a cheque or CC.
Every $ helps.

Timothy Hyde

p.s. I've posted a couple of great Hail photos on the web at

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Reply By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 22:18

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 22:18
One of the best sights to see when your are out there is to see numbers of native birds wherever you go.
Have done a few visits out to Gluepot Station as our club has been assisting in working bees etc.
Spent several days up at Coongie lakes last year and the sight of over 30 brolga's feeding is a sight I'll never forget. It's actually my screen cede malis
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:05

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:05
Congratulations Tim,
I always carry a bird identification book (along with a tree book and a wild flower book) on trips, but don't usually see many in the desert regions. Mostly just big wedgies.Bob
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Reply By: Glenno - Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 19:16

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 19:16
We never leave home without our copy of FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS
by Michael Morcombe published by Steve Parish. Has just about every Australian bird covered, from the nest and eggs they lay through to the different markings between male and femal.

Just looking out my study window at 2 baby currawongs, mum and dad currawong are obviously teaching them the facts of life. Priceless really, makes it hard to go and sit in a office with artificial light and air conditioning, and put up with rubbish from the boss. Spose seeing things like that keep us all sane!


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